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Hilton Signs Agreement with BRG Group to Manage 610-Room Dual-Branded Hotel in Vietnam

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HANOI, Vietnam /PRNewswire/ — Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of a management agreement with Victory Hotel Joint Stock Company, which is part of the BRG Group, for a 610-room dual-branded hotel.

Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairman of BRG Group and William Costley, Vice President of Operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton at the signing ceremony of Hilton Hanoi West Lake and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake
Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairman of BRG Group and William Costley, Vice President of Operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton at the signing ceremony of Hilton Hanoi West Lake and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake

Owned by BRG Group, and to be managed by Hilton, the dual-branded property will feature Hilton Hanoi West Lake, with 240 rooms and suites, as well as 50 serviced residences and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake, with 320 rooms and suites.

Both Hilton Hanoi West Lake and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake are scheduled to open in 2020 and are located on Hanoi’s iconic West Lake, on the fringe of the Central Business District. Together, they will also offer a total of 2,993 square meters of meeting space.

“We are pleased to mark DoubleTree by Hilton’s entry into Hanoi,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “DoubleTree by Hilton offers a strong value proposition to Hanoi’s MICE market, business and leisure travelers who appreciate contemporary accommodations, full-service facilities, and our unique approach to service, which focuses on CARE Creating a Rewarding Experience — for our guests.”

“DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake and Hilton Hanoi West Lake offer complementary accommodation options that enable Hilton to broaden its reach and deliver exceptional experiences to a wider spectrum of segments,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “In addition to catering to short-stay guests, we will be able to cater to long-stay guests with Hilton Hanoi West Lake’s serviced residences. At the same time, the combined 610-room inventory makes us the top choice for large groups and major events.”

This dual-brand hotel is Hilton’s third project with BRG Group in Hanoi, which has business interests in banking, goods production and trading, golf course development and operation, and real estate development. BRG Group owns Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi.

“Building on our successful alliance with BRG Group and its affiliates, we are strengthening our presence in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi,” said Guy Philips, senior vice president, development — Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “We are committed to delivering exceptional returns to our owners and look forward to working with BRG Group on even more projects across the country.”

Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairman of BRG Group, said, “We made the decision to partner with a leading global hospitality company and have never looked back. Following the success of Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi, we know that our new dual-branded hotel project is in great hands. We are confident that the Hilton team will continue to exceed our expectations.”

With the signing of this latest partnership with BRG Group, Hilton will now have six hotels in the pipeline across Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

As part of the Hilton portfolio, Hilton Hanoi West Lake and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake will participate in Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors Members always get an exclusive member rate, along with HHonors Points, free standard Wi-Fi, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

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About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Begin your journey at and learn more about the brand by visiting or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of 475 upscale hotels with more than 114,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from presenting its beloved warm Chocolate Chip Cookie to guests upon arrival to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit Social media users may connect with the brand at and Journalists may visit for more information.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,800 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 789,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio — A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About BRG Group

BRG Group is the leading private multi-sector business group in Vietnam, investing and operating in a wide range of business sectors including banking and finance services, hospitality, entertainments, golf, trading… with strong commitment for sustainable growth and improved lifestyles. In hospitality sector, BRG Group is leading the market with a series of high-end hotels and resorts in all major cities and tourist areas in Vietnam, partnering with Hilton, a leading global hospitality company.

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December 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

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2016 Global Talent Design Festival Gathers World’s Design Giants, Focuses International Spotlight on Taiwan

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-Perfect ending to 2016 TISDC solidifies TISDC’s status as premier competition for student designers worldwide

TAIPEI, Taiwan/PRNewswire/ — The 2016 Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) was organized and promoted by the Ministry of Education’s Youth Development Administration (YDA) and sponsored by the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation and the iSee Taiwan Foundation. The four major categories in the 2016 competition attracted 14,864 entries from 69 countries and regions. The world-class panel of judges included 27 experts in design from 15 international organizations. Its scope of recruitment and evaluation criteria set the stage for the TISDC to become the top international design competition for students worldwide.

"Impression of Taiwan" by students Guang-HongYao, Bing-Cao Chao, and Meng-Juan Wang from Fuzhou University presents a set of utensils featuring Taiwan's scenery and cuisine for inspiration, reminding users of Taiwan's scenery while enjoying their meal.
“Impression of Taiwan” by students Guang-HongYao, Bing-Cao Chao, and Meng-Juan Wang from Fuzhou University presents a set of utensils featuring Taiwan’s scenery and cuisine for inspiration, reminding users of Taiwan’s scenery while enjoying their meal.

In addition to the prizes for the entries in the four main categories, the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation, with its vision of ” Nurture a warmhearted society of humanist devotion and innovative thinking ” and its groundings in Education, Innovation, and Caring, directly financed the 2016 YDA’s International Design Organization Award, which expanded the number of awards in this category to 15, with a total prize outlay to NT$1.5 million. An official statement by the Sayling Wen Foundation expressed that the foundation hopes to encourage young designers by integrating their creativity with the multifaceted perspectives of international design organizations.

For its part, the iSee Taiwan Foundation, in continuing to use culture, tourism and innovation to promote Taiwan’s unique character and charms, again sponsored the TISDC Brand Specific Awards. A total of 621 entries were received from students in Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore, India, Russia, Israel and elsewhere under this year’s awards theme “The New Tableware Era – Taiwanese Cuisine & Cutlery Design”. The award achieved its aim of helping students and the world experience the essence of Taiwanese culture. This year’s TISDC brand-specific category prizes not only added a splash of excitement to the contest but also welcomed the world to partake in Taiwan’s deep and vibrantly delicious food culture.

The iSee Taiwan Foundation is committed to becoming an important window on Taiwan for the world. At this year’s TISDC, the Foundation actively promoted Taiwanese food and culture through its sponsorship of the Brand Specific Category awards. The theme this year was “The New Tableware Era – Taiwanese Cuisine & Cutlery Design”, with five 1st Prizes, five 2nd Prizes and eight 3rd Prizes. These five award winners used innovative and exquisitely executed designs in their tableware entries that highlighted Taiwan’s food culture. All deeply impressed the judges and earned first prize recognitions. The entry “Hakka Pounded Tea” by students Ying-Chun Lin, Chiao-Chen Wang, Yu-Xuan Huang, and Yi-Chia Chen from Hsing Wu University of Science and Technology combines Hakka lei cha (hand-ground tea) and tableware design. The ingredients for the tea are poured into the container in an entertaining way before being ground into lei cha. The fun design helps capture and convey the beauty of Taiwan’s Hakka culture to new generations. “Food-Time Travel” by students Wen-Cheng Tian, Yu-Wen Wang, Ying Cui, and Min Wei from Anyang Institute of Technology enhances the flavors of food over time by pairing 24 of Taiwan’s best-known attractions with the traditional “24 seasonal segments” of Chinese tradition. “Rice Bowl of Mountain Scene” by students Po-Chun Chen, Yu-Fang Hung, and Po-Jui Wu uses Taiwan’s world famous rice to depict Taiwan’s Five Peaks in a sea of clouds. “Impression of Taiwan” by students Guang-HongYao, Bing-Cao Chao, and Meng-Juan Wang from Fuzhou University presents a set of utensils featuring Taiwan’s scenery and cuisine for inspiration, reminding users of Taiwan’s scenery while enjoying their meal. “Aromatic” by Ying-Chih Wang of Tatung University integrates images of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, Alishan’s cloud sea, and Yangmingshan’s flower season to accentuate the beauty of Taiwan’s tourist attractions while users enjoy its exceptional cuisine.

2016 GTDF Strengthens Visitors’ Impressions of Taiwan, Increases International Exchange, and Injects New Innovative Energy into Taiwan’s Design Industry

In order to fully promote the beauty of Taiwanese culture and to take advantage of having so many international designers in Taiwan, the iSee Taiwan Foundation held two tiers of events in conjunction with the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival(GTDF) in October and November. The culture & art heritage-focused International VIP Cultural Tour included visits to the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Paper Dome, Chung Tai World Museum, and the National Taichung Theater in October and to the National Palace Museum, the Beitou Museum, and northern Taiwan hot springs in November.  The contemporary industrial design-focused Industrial Matching Tour included visits to the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute and the Chungyo Department Store in October and to the Taiwan design centers of Franz and Pegatron in November. Don Chen, CEO of the iSee Taiwan Foundation, noted that his foundation is expanding the level of cultural exchange from tertiary institutions to design industries and is looking forward to injecting new innovative energy into Taiwan’s design community through industry-cooperation/synergy-related events and activities.

Taiwan International Masters of Design Series Expands Design Vision of Students and Enhances Integration across Disciplines

The vision of the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation is to “cultivate a humane, caring and innovative society” through the cultivation of exceptional talent and the encouragement of innovative thinking. Taking advantage of the presence of so many world-class jurors in Taiwan, the foundation invited all of TISDC’s 11 international jurors to jointly host the Taiwan International Masters of Design Lecture Series on November 29th. The series included lectures by Good Design Australia CEO Brandon Gien (Designing a Better Future), International Poster Biennial (Mexico) founder Xavier Bermudez (Visual Design: A Tool for Social Issues), and INDEX: Design to Improve Life CEO for Communications Adam von Haffner (How to Enhance Your Life, Society and the World).

Other lecturers in the series were presented by International Council of Design Vice President Antoine Abi Aad, Thailand Creative & Design Center Managing Director Apisit Laistrooglai, Design Business Chamber of Singapore Honorary Secretary Chee Su Eing, National Institute of Design Director Pradyumna Vyas, International Council of Design President Elect Zachary Haris Ong, and South African Bureau of the Standards Design Institute Senior Manager Polisa Magqibelo. German Design Council Vice Chairman Janine Wunde presented lectures at the lecture series’ Tainan venue. The common objectives linking all of the lectures were to expand the design vision of students in Taiwan and to enhance cross-field integration through professional exchange.

In addition to planning expert lectures, the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation has spared no effort in promoting new services and personnel training. In 2011, the foundation launched World Innovative Service Enabler (WISE), which has facilitated broad-based cooperation with Taiwan’s education system. WISE develops and oversees six-month study tours that are designed to create new service industry talent that will be able to transform and upgrade Taiwan’s service sector. Board Member & Acting Chief Executive of the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation Jeter Her stressed the importance of pre-career learning at the university level. Giving students opportunities to participate in professional training and enterprise implementation activities helps these students gain professional knowledge, which makes them more attractive to employers as proactive drivers of service-industry reform and innovation.

About the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation

Mr. Ted Wen, the incumbent Chairman of the foundation, has declared three core principles for the foundation: Education, Innovation, and Care. Pivoted around these core values is his vision to “Nurture a warmhearted society of humanist devotion and innovative thinking.” Going forward, the four pillars of the foundation will be embedding the Chinese culture education in primary and secondary schools, enhancing career skills and teamwork mindset for vocational and college students, promoting lifelong learning in community and advocating service innovation to boost national competitiveness. While Taiwan is on its way toward a sophisticated “Service Economy”, the foundation will also continue to devote every effort to promote the four pillars with the aim to breed new service talents, enhance Taiwan’s national competitiveness, and play a key enabling role to Taiwan’s transformation.

About the iSee Taiwan Foundation

The foundation was established by Sayling Wen in 2003. Ted Wen became the Chairman in 2008, and set the Foundation’s vision as “becoming an essential portal for the world to see Taiwan” in the three core realms of culture, tourism, and innovation. The dual missions of iSee Taiwan Foundation are to successfully market Taiwan’s unique character and heritage globally and to make the world as Taiwan’s service market. The foundation focuses on exploring, integrating and promoting the culture and friendly nature of people and places throughout Taiwan, with the goal of creating more opportunities for Taiwan’s service industry.

About 2016 Global Talent Design Festival

The iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation continue to support the TISDC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. This year, their support has expanded to include the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival (GTDF). The festival offers a new and stimulating array of design-related activities, including: 1) The International Masters Joint University Forum, which will invite representatives from major design organizations worldwide to engage Taiwanese design students and faculty in topical, interactive discussions that spotlight and promote Taiwan’s service-oriented strengths; 2) The International VIP Cultural Tour program, which will take visiting design professionals who are in Taiwan for the TISDC on in-depth, topical tours of Taiwan society and culture; and 3) The Industry Joint Reception, which will highlight Taiwan’s innate elegance and beauty, which are inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the domestic design industry and the bedrock of ongoing efforts to showcase and promote Taiwan’s design strengths to a global audience.

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December 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

Posted in Uncategorized Launched by BFM, DTDC & DCG to Empower Indian Consumers to Buy Global Products

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — BFME ECOMMERCE PRIVATE LIMITED, a joint venture of BFM International Limited, and DCG Tech Limited, announced today the official launch of its cross border e-Commerce platform in India –

The joint effort of BFM, a fast growing player in eCommerce in China, DTDC Express Limited, India’s largest express delivery network, and DCG Tech Limited, an eCommerce tech company founded by DTDC’s promoters and directors, is expected to allow a larger variety of overseas products to be introduced to Indian consumers. Indian buyers and overseas sellers could enjoy the logistic supports and order fulfillment by DTDC Express Limited, a strategic partner of DPD Group, which has been operating over 25 years and the service covers 10,000 locations.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, BFM has expanded into two offices in mainland China, one office in Hong Kong, and one office in New Delhi after one year of operation. “We are glad that the brand of BFMe is rapidly developing in Asia and Europe since we launched in the market six months ago. Together with the sophisticated logistics network of DTDC, is an online portal for worldwide sellers to sell direct to India while allowing buyers in India to buy direct from overseas sellers as well,” said Mr. Bryan Kam, Founder and CEO of BFM.

About BFM International Company Limited

BFM International Company Limited is an eCommerce company. The core management team comes from the eCommerce giant players in China and is now extending its cross border eCommerce business in China and India.

About DTDC Express Limited

DTDC Express Limited, a strategic partner of DPD Group, is the largest express delivery company in India. It has been operating over 25 years and covers 10,000 locations.

About DCG Tech Limited

DCG Tech Limited is an established eCommerce Tech company operating in India for the last 10 years. The company provides online Corporate, promotions and Packaging Solutions for Indian eCommerce and Logistics Industry.


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December 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

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SSON Analytics Launches Benchmarking Study with Top 20 Most Admired Shared Services Organisations Globally

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — SSON Analytics, the global data analytics centre of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), has today announced the launch of a new benchmarking study with the world’s 20 most admired shared services organisations (SSOs).

The study is in response to ongoing demand from SSON members for a reliable source of benchmarking data that provides an aggregated view of best practice metrics achieved by renowned SSOs.

SSON Analytics has identified the top 20 most admired SSOs around the world using a scientific methodology that collated SSON’s cross-channel proprietary data from its global community of 120,000 members, and applied a weighting system to the various criteria considered.

Based on these scores, the top 20 most admired shared services organisations in the world for 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

  • Akzo Nobel
  • ANZ Banking Group
  • Ascension Ministry Service Center
  • Becton Dickinson
  • BP
  • Celestica
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • DHL
  • Diageo
  • Discovery Communications
  • Eli Lilly
  • EMC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • the Kellogg Company
  • Lufthansa Global Business Services
  • Marks & Spencer
  • PepsiCo
  • Rio Tinto
  • Schneider Electric
  • Vodafone

The first wave of aggregated results will be released in Q1 2017. It will contain both enterprise level and process level benchmarking metrics that include HR, Talent and Culture, Record-to-Report, Procure-to-Pay, Order-to-Cash, Master Data Management, Global Process Ownership, and Robotics Process Automation.

“This study is a hugely valuable new resource for the entire shared services and outsourcing community. Through our data analytics centre, SSON is able to identify the most globally admired SSOs and give much deserved recognition to them. We are delighted to share their aggregated benchmarking data with other SSOs to help address the short supply of reliable and affordable benchmarking data in the industry,” said Emma Beaumont, SSON’s Managing Director.

Highlights from the aggregated benchmarking data will be presented at SSON’s flagship event series, Shared Services & Outsourcing Week, throughout 2017 (held in Orlando, Manchester, Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, Berlin, and Manila) and online to subscribers of SSON Analytics at

About SSON Analytics:

SSON Analytics is the global data analytics centre of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), the world’s largest community of shared services, outsourcing and transformation professionals. SSON Analytics offers visual data insights that are simple, accurate, and digestible to the global shared services and outsourcing community.


Kate Chan, Marketing Executive, SSON Analytics
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December 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

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Sunway Hotels & Resorts Announces General Manager Appointments in Phnom Penh and Penang

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian-based property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, has announced the recent appointments of Robert Menzies as General Manager of Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Prakash Kumaran as General Manager of Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya in Penang, Malaysia.

Prakash Kumaran, General Manager of Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya and Robert Menzies, General Manager of Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh
Prakash Kumaran, General Manager of Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya and Robert Menzies, General Manager of Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

Robert Menzies joins Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh in Cambodia from his most recent role as General Manager of Swiss-Bel Resort’s Tuyen Lam Dalat in Vietnam. Robert has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to that, the Malaysian national was the General Manager of Kuala Lumpur’s Ramada Plaza Wyndham, Qlio Damansara and Palace of the Golden Horses. Robert also served in various rooms’ division management positions with The Danna in Langkawi, Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Raffles Grand D’Angkor in Siem Reap as well as Equatorial Hotel and Omni Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Prakash Kumaran also brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to Sunway Hotels & Resorts. The Malaysian national joins as General Manager of Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya in Penang, Malaysia from his most recent role as the Cluster Pre-Opening General Manager for the 1,001-room NH Haikou Meilan International Hotel and the 334-room NH Sanya Phoenix International Hotel in Sanya, China; a joint venture project between NH Hotels together with the Hainan-based HNA Group’s subsidiary company, HNA Hospitality. Prakash also served as General Manager in a number of Tangla Hotels & Resorts and HNA Hotels & Resorts properties in China. Before China, Prakash held various rooms division management roles with numerous global hotel brands in Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.

“We are delighted to welcome Robert and Prakash to the Group. They both have a wealth of industry experience and invaluable insights to drive the implementations of key strategic priorities to further strengthen the Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ brand reach.” said Albert Cheong, CEO & Group General Manager of Sunway Hotels & Resorts.


Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, operates and manages 11 hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, representing a collection of over 3,300 guestrooms, suites and villas. The hotel group’s diverse portfolio of hospitality assets and services includes ownership and management of cluster of hotels with large scale convention, meeting and exhibition facilities in an integrated resort city, to private villa destination, a wellness retreat and a portfolio of 5, 4 and 3-star hotels in mixed-use developments. For more information, please visit

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Farizal B. Jaafar, Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communications – Sunway Hotels & Resorts or Stephanie Yong, Publicity & Media Relations Manager at Tel: +60 3 7492 8000 or E-mail:

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December 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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FOX Networks Group Officially Announces Partnership Between National Geographic and China Intercontinental Communication Center

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-Showcasing China’s unique culture and natural beauty on a world stage

HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — FOX Networks Group’s National Geographic in Asia, today announced a three-year partnership with China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC) that will bring viewers a brand new block of programing showcasing the hidden natural beauty and culture of China.

China Revealed will be a global window onto the country, with programming that explores a new perspective on China — from its maritime history, to its futuristic high-speed railways, and far beyond. Broadcasting to an international audience covering 170 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America, China Revealed will reach an estimated 300 million households globally.

National Geographic’s collaboration with the CICC on China Revealed represents a new era of the partnership between the two parties, leading on from 10 years of working on co-productions together. In the past decade, National Geographic and the CICC have collaborated to create over 30 hours of documentaries about China, combining National Geographic’s storytelling know-how with CICC’s unique access in China.

Tony Qi, General Manager, Fox Networks Group China, comments: “The new block of programming will delve into fascinating cultural topics and explore areas of natural beauty that are unknown to many across the world. China is more than Beijing and Shanghai, yet the traditions and landscapes of the country’s many rural places remain out of the spotlight.

“This partnership truly embodies FOX Networks Group’s commitment to taking content produced in and about Asia to the global stage. Wider audiences will see that China has much to offer global travelers; there’s so much here just waiting to be discovered and National Geographic, with its roots firmly planted in world discovery content, and its commitment to Asia, is the perfect platform. The opportunity also exemplifies our delivery of the best, exclusive international content”.

Jing Shuiqing, Vice President of CICC, remarked, “National Geographic has always been CICC’s important partner. Over the last decade, our partnership has created more than 30 hours of documentary content. These co-productions have brought the world China’s development miracles and unique culture, uncovering splendid stories about China to global audiences with outstanding storytelling techniques.”

For the first time, the block of programming is aired to global audiences and includes top quality co-productions from National Geographic and the CICC. Exclusive new content and original programming is underway, with plans to produce at least three new titles per year during the partnership.

National Geographic will also be sourcing premium content from within China and elevating it on the global stage, helping the world to learn more about China and experience its best-in-market productions that meet National Geographic’s programming standards. The documentary series China From Above, for example, has been such a success, having been viewed nearly 200 million times on the internet in-country as well as being a globally attractive show aired internationally on National Geographic.

The China Revealed programming block is available for viewing now and will broadcast each Saturday in Asia and Europe and once per month in Latin America.

About Fox Networks Group Asia

FOX Network Group Asia (FNG) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. FNG develops, produces and distributes more than 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FNG’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies. Non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.8 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties. FNG has been in operation since August 14, 1993.

About National Geographic Channels

The National Geographic Channels (The Channels) form the television and production arm of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels include: National Geographic Channel (NGC), Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative programming from A-level talent around the world, and with profits that help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages. National Geographic Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250 million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55 million social media fans globally on Facebook alone. For more information, visit and

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December 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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“JobTech(TM) PMET” Partners with Mr. Kiasu to Reach Retrenched PMETs in Singapore

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Launched by Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd (EDIS), JobTechTM PMET, the first Artificial Intelligence and Big Data job technology platform to boost the re-employment chances of retrenched PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) is helping Mr. Kiasu find a new job.

Retrenchment hits Mr. Kiasu
Retrenchment hits Mr. Kiasu

Mr. Kiasu, himself being part of the active PMET workforce, was recently retrenched. Like many others, he had been caught up with chasing job promotions in the Singapore rat race and didn’t expect retrenchment to hit him.

The retrenchment experience has opened his eyes to the unique challenges that retrenched PMETs have in seeking re-employment and new job opportunities. Mr. Kiasu found that despite the schemes and assistance provided, retrenched PMETs like him are struggling. Some of the struggles that Mr. Kiasu has personally experienced include:

1) Intense competition for his old job.

2) Employers seem to be less willing to consider older workers like him.

3) Information Overload. No aggregated view of available jobs in Singapore.

4) Difficulty identifying which jobs are genuine, and which jobs are duplicates/bogus.

5) The skills he has are no longer in demand by Employers.

Mr. Kiasu uses JobTechTM PMET, an advanced technology that reviews and analyzes online job data in Singapore, providing aggregated insights to boost the re-employment chances of jobseekers in searching and preparing for new job opportunities. Being who he is, Mr Kiasu wants to use the technology which gives him the best chance to find his next opportunity.

Some of the ‘kiasu’ features of JobTechTM PMET include:

1)     Automated one-stop search platform: Mr. Kiasu does not like to ‘spend’ his mobile data by surfing to many websites to find where suitable jobs for him are.  JobTechTM PMET lets Mr. Kiasu gets accurate, real-time and unified view of more than 90% of the available job vacancies in Singapore, including Jobs Bank.

2)     Duplication Index: Mr. Kiasu believes in ‘one-shot-one-kill’ approach to job applications. JobTechTM PMET allows him to know which jobs are new and where he might have a better chance, as opposed to the jobs that have been re-posted many times in the last few months and which might be duplicates, or bogus job advertisements.

3)     Targeted skills upgrading: Mr. Kiasu is anxious about his S$500 Skillsfuture Credit. He is only going to spend the money on something that increases his chances of getting a new job. JobTechTM PMET allows him to identify the skillsets required to land a job and to match the required skills to training opportunities funded through Singapore’s SkillsFuture initiative.

4)     Find jobs closer to home: Mr. Kiasu is almost ‘broke’ because he is out of work. He wants to save as much money as possible by reducing his transport cost on bus and MRT. JobTechTM PMET helps Mr. Kiasu to work closer to home by telling him the jobs near his home in Senkang so that he can apply for them.

Mr. Kiasu said, “I struggled for months to find a job and saw JobTech’s advertisements to join the focus group to improve the technology. Besides chopeing all the snacks and getting the NTUC voucher with serial number 888, I got a chance to meet Mr. Philip Yeo, the EDIS Chairman.  When I asked Mr. Yeo to be help me find a new job, and he told me to use JobTechTM PMET. ”

EDIS Chairman Mr Philip Yeo said, “I spent the better part of my career creating good jobs for all Singaporeans. I believe the issue of retrenched PMETs is an urgent problem that requires all parties to work quickly to find the solutions. We are delighted to partner with Mr. Kiasu to reach the retrenched PMET community. JobTechTM PMET will continue to be a complimentary service for Singapore PMETs as long as it is needed.”

About JobTech

Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS) Pte Ltd is a privately-owned international economic development company that is headquartered in Singapore, with overseas offices in the US and Germany. EDIS provides strategic advice and undertakes the development and management of integrated industrial parks. The EDIS management team comprises veterans who led more than 15 successful township and industrial park developments in Asia — cumulatively creating 1 million high value jobs outside Singapore, and attracting more than US$20 billion of dollars of foreign direct investment to the selected locations. EDIS works with governments and global investors to leverage Singapore’s development experience for the benefit of other countries. JobTech is a 2monthold‘s Artificial Intelligence and Big Data startup technology company incubated by EDIS to help “Power the Jobs Economy”.  For more information on EDIS, please visit

About Mr. Kiasu

Mr Kiasu is an iconic Singaporean comic character. The character originates in the eponymous Singaporean concept of “kiasu”, which literally means “scared to lose out’ in Hokkien. Mr. Kiasu is effectively bi-lingual, university educated, and urgently looking for a job. He has been out of the public eye for the last decade as he had been busy in the rat race in Singapore. Mr. Kiasu is making a comeback because he was recently retrenched from his job. His CV can be found at:

Samantha Lim,,

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Source: Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd

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December 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

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nib Health Funds Joins Hands with Smart Video Australia, Welcoming New Customers with Personalised Videos

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Personalised-video specialists Smart Video Australia and leading health-insurer nib Health Funds (nib) have teamed up to improve the way they welcome, inform and engage new customers. New nib customers will now receive a personalised welcome video when they join the insurer from brand ambassador, Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon.

The cutting-edge personalised-videos are designed to improve the onboarding-experience for new customers, said nib Group Executive, Australian Residents Health Insurance, Rhod McKensey.

“At nib, we put customer at the heart of everything we do. As part of this we are continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience such as using new technology to speak to our customers in a way that surprises and delights them,” Mr McKensey said.

“These videos are a great example of this innovative-thinking. We are making it easier for customers to understand their policy by providing this content in an engaging, simple format personalised to each individual,” he added.

The videos are sent to customers as part of their welcome-email within 30 minutes of completing membership online. In addition, the videos are streamed live within seconds of the customer hitting the ‘play’ button with the creation of each video triggered by a data-file.

“The platform combines data, personalisation and video to create an incredibly compelling and effective piece of communication,” Smart Video Australia Co-Founder Francoise Gelbard explained.

CEO of Smart Video Australia Rodd Martin explains the rationale behind: “As marketing-automation migrates customers into increasingly online-based interactions, our real-time data-driven customer experience video communication platform allows companies to retain a personalised engagement. Near-instant personalised video show on average a 300% lift in engagement*. This is imperative for customer-centric organisations,” he added.

The system offers the potential to fundamentally transform nib’s ability to interact with members cross the customer lifecycle – from acquisition, through to onboarding, to retention and even claims-processing.

“This technology allows us to communicate what can be complex information in a simple way that can be easily understood. It is great tool we believe can be replicated across other key customer moments of truth such as explaining the going-to-hospital process,” Mr McKensey said.

*Source: Forrester Research

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December 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

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Arcadier Launches DIY Online Marketplace Solution for Rentals and Services

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Since the beta launch of Arcadier Marketplaces in July 2016 more than 400 marketplaces from around the world have been created through Arcadier. This month, Arcadier is pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of three new DIY online marketplace solutions:

  • ‘Service Bookings’ marketplace for service appointments.
  • ‘Rental Goods by type and location’ marketplace for equipment and goods rentals.
  • ‘Space Rental’ marketplace for rental of personal or business spaces.
Example of a Marketplace Template for Service and Rental Bookings
Example of a Marketplace Template for Service and Rental Bookings


These turnkey marketplace software solutions enable anyone to create marketplace websites or platforms like Airbnb, Sharedesk,, Dogvacay or Taskrabbit through a simple step-by-step process and without any programming knowledge required on the user’s part. Arcadier’s new marketplace solutions are equipped with many essential features to get a marketplace up and running. More complex features — such as an ‘availability calendar’ that allows customers to see when timeslots for services or spaces are open — are also provided.

With the launch of its new solutions, as well as the introduction of PayPal as a new payment option on Arcadier Marketplaces, Arcadier is extending its free trial period until January 2017, after which a monthly subscription of US$79 applies.

“With almost no marketing, the market response to our beta retail product was nothing short of amazing, with demand coming from around the world. We expect a similar response to our new marketplace solutions because we’re providing a disruptive technology with which anyone may create a marketplace,” says Dinuke Ranasinghe, Arcadier’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We’re also working with government groups and multi-national companies looking for a private B2B marketplace for their own intra-company or intra-industry requirements. We hope to launch a solution to satisfy these needs before the end of 2016.”

To learn more about Arcadier Marketplaces or to speak to Arcadier’s founders, contact Clarissa Santoso at /+65 6376-2880, or visit the website at

About Arcadier Pte Ltd

Arcadier is the first Marketplace-as-a-Service (MaaS) company in Asia, and is a global leader of marketplace technology. Based in Singapore, Arcadier offers multi-tiered marketplace solutions for companies of varying sizes, needs, and geographical locations. By powering communities with its marketplace technology, the dedicated team at Arcadier pushes the boundaries in online marketplaces with a grand vision to positively impact people’s lives, through one marketplace at a time.

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December 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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AdAsia Holdings Launches Moments

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-Curated video site to increase company’s video offerings

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — AdAsia Holdings, an advertising technology company and creator of the AdAsia Digital Platform, is today launching Moments, a video site containing original and curated lifestyle content, in Thailand.


Moments comprises of originally produced content within the categories of fashion, food, travel, beauty and entertainment. As an extension of the offerings by CastingAsia, Moments will also include content generated by influencers within the CastingAsia database.

At present, the site is available in the Thai language. The company is looking to launch a localized version of Moments in each country, with a version for Vietnam next on the agenda.

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Image of original content by Moments

Kosuke Sogo, CEO and co-founder of AdAsia Holdings said: “Our vision for Moments is to turn it into a go-to source for lifestyle videos in Asia, and to provide marketers and advertisers with an additional platform to engage with their audiences. Localization is important to our strategy, which is why the content is curated by a team of locals for locals.”

Brands can place their videos and provide additional images and information within the description, with the layout similar to an article.

“As a value add to clients, those running video advertisements on the AdAsia Video Network can choose to place their videos on Moments for free, extending the reach of their video ads,” said Sogo.

Apart from traditional video formats, Moments will also include drone and 360-degree videos, providing the latest video experiences to users.

About AdAsia Holdings Pte. Ltd.

AdAsia Holdings is one of the fastest growing advertising technology companies in Asia — launched in April 2016 by Kosuke Sogo and Otohiko Kozutsumi. AdAsia Holdings looks to enhance marketers’ prowess through a single platform. Headquartered in Singapore, AdAsia Holdings is a strong believer in localized support and has a strong Southeast Asian presence. The company plans to further expand into every market in Asia, localizing solutions to suit each market’s needs.

About AdAsia Digital Platform

The AdAsia Digital Platform is an integrated advertising platform capable of managing functions of programmatic buying and transparent reporting, influencer marketing and video production in a single platform. Advertising agencies, marketers and advertisers can serve their ads on multiple advertising networks, AdAsia Video Network, and AdAsia Ad Network – an advertising network for Southeast Asia’s various local premium media and publishers. Future innovations will be integrated with the AdAsia Digital Platform, serving marketers needs through a single tool.

Media Contact:

Chris Lu
Communications Manager
AdAsia Holdings

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December 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

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